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November job switch for higher education commissioner

Richard Kendell will remain Gov. Mike Leavitt's deputy over public education, higher education and economic development until about mid-November, said Leavitt spokeswoman Natalie Gochnour.

Kendell will transition into his new role as the state's new higher education commissioner, replacing Cecelia Foxley, who will stay on until December.

Gochnour said Leavitt and Lt. Gov. Olene Walker will work jointly on choosing a new appointee to replace Kendell. If Leavitt heads to Washington to head up the Environmental Protection Agency, the decision becomes Walker's.

Currently, neither Leavitt nor Walker are talking about who they might have in mind to replace Kendell.